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 Media Advisory



Virginia Miller (202) 496-4816

 1,400+ Public Transportation Leaders from North America To Convene in Seattle

 2012 APTA Annual Meeting To Be held October 1 – October 3, 2012

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) will hold its Annual Meeting October 1-3, 2012 at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle, WA.  Hosted by King County Metro Transit, this premier industry event will attract more than 1,400 public transportation leaders from across North America.   U.S. Federal Transit Administrator (FTA) Peter Rogoff, the Obama Administration’s top public transit official, will address attendees at the opening session on Monday, October 1, and share his thoughts on the FTA’s implementation of the new transportation law “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century.”  He will also offer a retrospective on the accomplishments of the FTA and the public transit industry over the past four years.  Another featured speaker is Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who will address participants at the close of the APTA Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, October 2, which takes place from 12 noon – 2:00 p.m.  

The 2012 APTA Annual Meeting will include sessions that focus on a number of topics affecting the public transportation industry including:  the new authorization legislation, high-speed rail, sustainability, economic issues, workforce development and green jobs, technology, safety and security, and public-private partnerships.  Additionally, a product showcase with more than 100 exhibitors will take place on Monday, October 1, from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Convention Center.  Listed below are some highlighted session topics; to view a complete schedule visit

News media are invited to attend the conference at no charge.  On-site media registration is available at the conference registration desk at the Convention Center in Rooms 602-603, Level Six.  The media center is in room 302 at the Convention Center.

Monday, October 1
Opening General Session – Public Transportation Takes Us There
8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Ballroom 6B-C
Convention Center 

-Gary C. Thomas, 2011-12 chair, APTA, and president/executive
director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Dallas, TX
-Flora M. Castillo, CHIE , 2012-13 chair, APTA, and board member,
New Jersey Transit Corporation, Newark, NJ
-Administrator Peter Rogoff, Federal Transit Administration,
Washington, DC

Guest Speaker
-Alan S. Boyd, first U.S. Transportation Secretary

9:45 – 11:15 a.m. General Session: Being Game Changers
Ballroom 6A
Level Six
Convention Center

Come hear how transit agencies are successfully addressing
major drivers for change – rapid shifts in funding, technology,
demographics – and making themselves more relevant to their

9:45 – 11:15 a.m. Host Forum: Partnership Strategy Moves Puget Sound Region Toward its Vision
Rooms 618-620 
Level Six
Convention Center

At this session, you will hear stories of how transit agencies are 
working with partners to create outstanding public transportation
services that will help the region flourish for generations to come.

11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Products & Services Showcase
Hall 4A-B
Level Four
Convention Center

The 2012 Annual Meeting proudly showcases many business
members’ products and services. Registrants can view the products
and obtain information relating to the products and services on
display. Expert personnel are on hand to answer your questions
as you inspect what’s new and innovative in the world of public
transportation equipment and services.

2:15 – 3:45p.m. How Many U.S. Jobs will Your Transit Procurement Create?
Rooms 608-609
Level Six
Convention Center

This session will engage the audience in a discussion about Buy America 
requirements, the realities of our market as well as the results of the new  efforts to encourage job creation.

4 – 5:30 p.m. MAP-21 – Getting to Know the New Federal Authorizing Law!
Rooms 615-617
Level Six
Convention Center

Hear directly from the U.S. Senate and House staff members who
developed the new public transportation and highway authorizing
law; Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21).
Committee staff from both sides of Capitol Hill and both parties
will review the details of the new transit authorizing law and
field questions from APTA members who operate transit service
or provide goods and services to the industry.

Tuesday, October 2
General Session: APTA Business Members Present Rehana Moosajee
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Ballroom 6B-C
Convention Center

Guest speaker, Councillor Rehana Moosajee, led the transformation of 
Johannesburg’s transportation system and successfully met the massive
Level Six transportation challenges of the 2010 World Cup games. This effort 
included the development of Africa’s first Bus Rapid Transit system,
Rea Vaya in 2009, a catalytic project that was transformative, and
has received a number of international awards. Her story about the
transformation process is a remarkable study in tenacity,
empowerment, and delivery.

10:15 – 11:45 a.m. What’s Next for High-Speed Rail in the U.S.?
Rooms 615-617 As an industry, how do we make this historic step a catalyst for
Level Six developing true high-speed rail throughout the U.S.? This roundtable
Convention Center discussion will help us understand how to make this more
than “one small step for high-speed rail,” but one giant step for a
national high-speed rail program, bringing together both local and
national support for the program and international expertise. 

12 noon – 2:00 p.m. 2012 APTA Awards Ceremony
Ballroom 6B-C
Level Six
Convention Center

This year APTA will honor ten distinguished individuals and organizations  that have advanced public transportation in North America in the following categories: Outstanding Public Transportation Manager; Outstanding Public
Transportation Board Member; Outstanding Public Transportation Business Member; Local Distinguished Service; Innovation; Hall of Fame; and Outstanding Public Transportation System Achievement.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, the recipient of the 2012 Local Distinguished Service Award, will deliver remarks at the close of this year’s APTA Awards Ceremony.

Wednesday, October 3
9:15 – 10:45 a.m. Infrastructure Projects 2012
Rooms 618-620
Level Six 
Convention Center 

Top transit professionals will discuss how they have built the case for 
investment in infrastructure in their communities, what challenges they
have overcome to obtain and maintain support financially and politically,
and what is next.

9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Non-Farebox Revene
Rooms 608-609
Level Six
Convention Center

Every public transit agency is tasked with finding new ways to bring in 
revenue beyond the farebox. Discover winning strategies and
Convention Center opportunities for  growing non-fare revenues. Hear form experts as they share success stories of maximizing non-farebox revenue.



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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organization which represent a $68 billion industry that directly employs 420,000 people and supports millions of private sector jobs. APTA members are engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. APTA is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products.

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